The Benefits of Veg Pledge
The biggest benefit of going vegetarian for a month is that you’re helping us to beat cancer with the money you raise. But it can also be fantastic motivation to be that bit healthier in the long run, which has lots more benefits.
Here are our top picks:
CUT THE RISK OF BOWEL CANCER
Eating lots of processed and red meat can increase the risk of bowel cancer. If you’re eating lots, it’s a good idea to try and cut down. How much is too much? People in the UK have 70g a day on average - that’s around 3 slices of ham – so try to stick within that.
BOOST YOUR INTAKE OF HIGH-FIBRE FOODS
When you cut down on meat, there’s more room on your plate for high-fibre foods like veg, wholegrains and pulses like lentils and beans which are all high-fibre foods that reduce the risk of cancer.
Meat is often the most expensive item in the shopping trolley. So by eating less meat, not only are you helping your own health but also your bank accounts!
HELP OUR PLANET
The meat industry is responsible for a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions, so the World Health Organisation has said that one of the best ways we can personally take action against climate change is by eating less processed and red meat and more fruit and veg.
LEARN SOME NEW RECIPES
By giving up meat, you have the opportunity to learn some new, tasty vegetarian recipes that you might not have otherwise tried. There’s plenty of delicious recipes online and if you try out a new one each week of November, you’ll soon have a staple collection that you know and love.